SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A Santa Rosa taxi driver drove to the Sonoma County jail for help while he was allegedly being attacked by an unruly passenger, police said Sunday.
The driver had picked up three people in the downtown area around 12:30 a.m. and was driving to the In-and-Out restaurant on County Center Drive when the passengers became involved in an argument.
The driver told the passengers to get out of the cab, and then they allegedly began attacking him from the back seat. They allegedly continued to attack the driver as he drove to the Sonoma County Jail, where he hoped to find help.
When he pulled into the jail driveway, witnesses saw a passenger continue to assault the driver until all three fled on foot.
The driver, a 42-year-old Santa Rosa resident, suffered substantial facial and mouth injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police located and detained three suspects on the 2700 block of Mendocino Avenue.
They arrested Clint Robert Metz, a 37-year-old Bodega Bay resident, on suspicion of felony assault and terrorist threats, and Cory Michael Griffin, a 29-year-old Petaluma resident, on suspicion of public intoxication. Griffin was released on bail, while Metz is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.
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